Europe news & analysis

15 May 2020
Spain-based Mercadona has launched its first Hive in Madrid, expanding the presence for its ecommerce operations. Separately, the retailer is to invest €1.8 bn to implement its 2020 transformation plan. Reinforcing its online offer Mercadona has opened its first Hive distribution centre in Getafe, Madrid. The retailer has invested €12m to expand the presence for its new ecommerce model, res...
14 May 2020
SPAR Austria has made significant progress with its private label offer, contributing to its total sales of €7.2 bn in 2019, up from €6.88 bn in 2018. High share of private label The share of SPAR Austria's private label products is over 40% of total sales, with around 7,500 products sold across food and non-food. Sales of its private label ranges were up 5.4% in 2019, reflecting the succes...
14 May 2020
Morrisons has launched a new system to make top-up shopping more practical for basket shoppers. Separate lane for basket shoppers Stores will now have a separate lane for basket shoppers so that they will no longer need to share the same queue as shoppers using trolleys. Three Speedy Shopping customers will be invited in for every trolley shopper. Clear signage and marshalls will help custo...
13 May 2020
In an excusive interview with IGD, Sainsbury's Commercial Director Paul Mills-Hicks discusses how shopper behaviour has changed since the onset of the COVID-19 crisis and the outlook for the rest of 2020.  Below we highlight some of his key points. Preparing for post lockdown Mills-Hicks' “biggest worry” is whether customers will be as relaxed and accommodating if many lines are still not b...
13 May 2020
Amazon has expanded its Prime Now grocery delivery service through partnerships with Morrisons in the UK and DIA in Spain. Available across London and major UK cities Morrisons and Amazon announced they are expanding the Prime Now same-day delivery service for Prime members across London and more cities throughout the UK in response to the coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic. By the end of M...
12 May 2020
Asda has launched a new food box service targeted at vulnerable and shielded customers using the StarStock online platform. £30 food box for vulnerable shoppers Available through foodboxes.asda.com , Asda's new 'cupboard filler' food box typically contains 31 ambient lines that have been in high demand since the outbreak of the pandemic. Priced at £30 including delivery, the box includes ...
12 May 2020
Lidl and Kaufland’s parent company, Schwarz Group, is accelerating its digital development through a recent acquisition with software specialist Camao IDC, according to Lebensmittel Zeitun. Similar to Amazon Web Services, the group intends to launch its own cloud computing service for third party retailers. Strategic expansion of digital and technological capabilities With the acquisition o...
12 May 2020
On 11 May the lockdown implemented to fight the Coronavirus (COVID-19) pandemic ended in France. We visited several stores to see how those that were closed are reopening and how the new safety measures are now part of the new normal. New rules and measures for shoppers’ safety To guarantee social distancing and provide a safe shopping environment many rules and solutions were implemented d...
11 May 2020
Carrefour Spain has extended its collaboration with Glovo, the partnership has increased the service to nine extra cities. Separately, the retailer has developed its online channel to improve functionality and efficiency. Expanding its alliance with Glovo Carrefour Spain has expanded its alliance with Glovo to offer shoppers home delivery from Carrefour Express stores. Originally the partne...
11 May 2020
Variety discounter Home Bargains has expanded its online food box offering, with four options now available to shoppers. Catering to different missions The retailer has added a personal care, baking and confectionery box to its online offering. Source: Home Bargains   Essentials Food Box The retailer launched its essentials food box in late Ap...